Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
-Dale Carnegie

Category Archives: cocktails

Local Lowdown: Carrying a Torch for Tiki Drinks

by lesliedinaberg on July 6, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg Entering Solvang’s High Roller Tiki Lounge is like taking a trip back to the mid-century era of kitsch culture—perhaps an episode of Mad Men on a tropical vacation crossed with a visit to Disneyland’s Tiki Room. This clever concept shouldn’t be a surprise, given that owner Michael Cobb had a 17-year career with […]

Cocktail Corner: Sweet Summer Sips

by lesliedinaberg on June 30, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Nothing says summer like sipping a Margarita on the rocks on 4th of July weekend, as far as I’m concerned, but if you want to mix it up a bit, there are lots of great cocktail options around town. Switching out Tequila for Mezcal is […]

Cocktail Corner: Cheers to Santo Mezcal!

by lesliedinaberg on June 24, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Like its cousin Tequila, Mezcal is made from agave, which, contrary to popular belief, is not a cactus but is actually a relative of the yucca plant and Joshua tree. While tequila is only be made in the Tequila region (similar to Champagne, vs. sparkling wine labels), […]

Local Dish: Carrots and Curry and Cocktails at Outpost

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2017

  By Leslie Dinaberg It’s officially summer time, and the seasonal offerings at Outpost are designed to savor during those warm, lazy summer nights. We recently enjoyed a terrific tasting of Chef Nick Bajal‘s latest menu. Here are some of the highlights: I started off the evening with fun new cocktail, Rabbit Season, which features […]

Cocktail Corner: Sip & Swirl on the Canary Rooftop

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg You know that summer is finally here when Finch & Fork and the Canary Hotel start up their popular wine tasting series, Sip & Swirl. This monthly series features local wines, cheese and entertainment set to stunning views from downtown’s only rooftop terrace.  Quite frankly, the scenery alone is enough to make […]

Cocktail Corner: Eureka!

by lesliedinaberg on June 12, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Conveniently situated just a hop, skim and jump away from our office, Eureka! (located at 601 Paseo Nuevo in the downtown mall) is one of my go-to places to grab a quick drink after work, and a slew of new menu items make it an even better […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival

by lesliedinaberg on June 2, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History‘s beloved wine festival, and they are commemorating the event with a new name—the Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival—which more accurately reflects the bounty of sips and bites found at this signature fundraiser. […]

Local Dish: Finch & Fork’s New Flavors of the Season

by lesliedinaberg on May 26, 2017

Never one to rest on his laurels, Finch & Fork Chef James Siao and his culinary team have added new items to the dinner menu, and diners are in for a treat. We started our meal with a bright and flavorful new appetizer, Asparagus & Mascarpone Toast with marinated asparagus, whipped lemon mascarpone, mint pesto, and […]

Cocktail Corner: Rose Soiree at Angel Oak

by lesliedinaberg on May 24, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Everything’s coming up roses at the Bacara on the long Memorial Day weekend when they kick off the summer with a Rosé Soiree, taking place on Monday, May 29 from 2-5 p.m. at the lovely Angel Oak restaurant.  Held outdoors on Angel Oak’s stunning oceanfront patio, this […]

Cocktail Corner: Biltmore Summer Tasting Series

by lesliedinaberg on May 19, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s Summer Tasting Series returns on May 19 with a new lineup of the best local purveyors, distillers and winemakers. The series kicks off on Friday, from 6-9 p.m. with MASTER DISTILLERS. This first event takes place in the beautiful […]